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i loooove palm forest though was closed...has a nice beach with sunbeds and without.. was a long... read more

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Access Good, Water Very clean, Sand clean & Golden, all the ammenities,Carefull might be stinging... read more

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Along with the beach of Falasarna, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, and possibly Greece. A beautiful palm tree forest which leads to a lovely sandy beach, with clean blue waters. The drive is not difficult and it's very near to the city of Siteia, and surrounded by other great beaches such as Kouremenos and Erimoupoli/Itanos.

However the reason behind this review is to denote the unjustified prices; you have to pay 2.5 euros for a parking place and I can't remember having payed more for a beachbed (4.5 euros each!). Then again, when you see a Greek couple leaving their litter right on the sand as if nothing has happened, you think "serves us right"...

Date of experience: September 2012
3  Thank k t
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

A place that is beeming you up from (still) Europe to the magic places from Tropics...
And, as i stressed in the title, do not miss the only (I think) bananas plantation in Europe...

Date of experience: July 2012
3  Thank Bogdan Leonard P
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

I've been to this beach on each of my five visits to Crete and despite the long and tiring journey through the mountains, it is always somewhere where I am pleased I have visited. The beach is a lovely sandy beach with wild palm trees behind the main sandy bit. Despite it being such a glorious beach, it is relatively unspoiled in terms of being over-developed. The car park has improved since I went there last time, but the sandy beach is still the same great place that it once was!

Date of experience: August 2012
1  Thank DMyers148
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

The beach was great and the sea was really nice and clear. Spent over 2 hours snorkeling and was surprised by the amount of fish & species I saw. Another thing is how beatufil was the palm trees, it's not an everyday thing being surrounded by palm trees on a beach in Europe so you have to appreciate that. It's true that the taverna there is a bit pricey but what would you expect?? It was one of our best days spent in crete. It's something normal that the sand/gravel gets too hot by the sun and that you'll find some rocks while getting into the beach but PLEASE STOP MOANING about it all you have to do is spend 6 Euro on a swim shoes & off you go and appreciate the beauty of the sea & nature!! A memorable day :))

Date of experience: August 2012
3  Thank JOSEPH_Caruana
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Whilst in Crete earlier this month, my wife suggested we should go to Vai beach on the north eastern coast - once made famous by a chocolate commercial in the early 1970s.
It was not difficult to find and I must admit I was looking forward to going there not only for its natural beauty but also for the clear sea; the beach is somewhat secluded and until you turn the last corner you do not get to see the palms that give this area its main attraction.
As a tourist the last thing I expected to see is a small cabin with a sign listing entrance fees. For an ordinary car the charge was 2.5 Euros. An usher summoned us to park in an open field that despite the admission fee is not tarmacked.
Once at the beach I was surprised it was not sandy but composed mainly of fine shingle; with the strong heat the temperature was baking so one would urge the use of footwear to prevent injury. I was further disappointed to find a series of rocks along the water edge making waking into the sea rather difficult.
No sooner that you select your beach loungers with fixed palm umbrellas an official calls asking for the hire which came to around 5 Euros per lounger - this compared with 6 Euros for a pair of loungers and umbrella in other seaside locations.
Finally, the few tavernas in the area also took advantage of the location and added a premium to their prices.
Overall I was not that well impressed and I will certainly not consider going there again
If you are in Crete try the west coast where two lovely beaches lie in wait.

Date of experience: July 2012
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